Columbus Middle School Students to Experience Life on a College Campus

Columbus Middle School Students to Experience Life on a College Campus
After-School All-Stars Ohio will host a dropout prevention summer camp at Denison University

COLUMBUS, OH – More than 40 Columbus middle school students will get a glimpse into life as a college student through CampUs®, a middle to high school transition camp provided by After-School All-Stars (ASAS) Ohio. CampUs® will take place June 25th – June 30th at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. This unique over night camp was created to better prepare eighth grade students as they enter high school through workshops, trainings, and group activities.

Research shows that America is battling a severe high school dropout crisis, with 1.2 million students dropping out each year. In response, After-School All-Stars created CampUs® to assist in the middle to high school transition, ultimately leading to more students graduating from high school and attending college.

“CampUs® shows students an alternative to dropping out of high school and for many of our students, this will be their first time stepping foot on a college campus,” said Sienna Daniel, Co-Executive Director of After-School All-Stars Ohio. “Regardless of the path they choose, we want to equip our students with the skills they need to plan their future.”

During CampUs®, ASAS Ohio students will participate in an intensive program that takes them out of their normal environment and places them on a college campus. All participants will live in a Denison University dormitory for the week and participate in daily classes on high school study skills, the college application process and leadership. The free camp will also include career panels with local professionals, a community service project, and mentoring sessions with successful college students.

“This program will change how some of our students’ view going to college and help them realize that it is a feasible option for their future,” said Daniel. “We are excited to have an opportunity to impact these students’ lives at such a critical time.”

Students participating in CampUs® will have access to Denison University facilities including, Sawyer Hall dormitory, Huffman Dining Hall, A. Blair Knapp Hall, and the Burton D. Morgan Center. They will end the camp with a community service project benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A schedule of all CampUs® activities is attached to this release.

About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs. During the school year, children participate in free programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Over 82,000 children from families of poverty benefit in 13 U.S. regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and South Florida. For more information, visit or contact the ASAS Ohio office at 614-257-1678.

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